Good morning and welcome to this first day of September. As a former teacher & Principal at the Secondary School level, September 1 always felt like the beginning of a new season.A new school year was about to begin along with a whole lot of time and energy to be given, joys and frustrations experienced….it was all part of the work. This coming weekend as we celebrate Labour Day, we will take some time on Sunday morning to consider our “work”. How does it mirror the work of God in creation? Can our work, our deeds be an offering to God? What does it look like to do all that you do in life “in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him”? Col.3:17
Where do you start? Take a few minutes to read the following portion of scripture from
Col. 1: 15-20 from Voices Together #189.
Christ is the image of the invisible God. Christ is the firstborn of all creation.
Everything was created in Christ, everything in heaven and on earth, everything seen and unseen, including all forces and powers, and all rulers and authorities.
All things were created through Christ, and everything was made for Christ.
Christ is the one who was before all else, and the one in whom everything is held together.
Christ is the head of the body which is the church.
Christ is the very beginning, the first to be raised from death, so as to be above all others.
God was pleased to live fully in Christ. And God was pleased for Christ to make peace through His blood, shed on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God.
I invite you to pray for the many needs around the world, families in Louisiana, struggling from the effects of the recent hurricane, the many in Haiti who need assistance after the earthquake, the turmoil in Afghanistan, the elections in Canada etc., as well as for needs within our church community.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”